Q and A with Everton blog, Royal Blue Mersey.
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Ahead of Watford’s match with Everton today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Calvin from the Everton blog Royal Blue Mersey this week, to discuss today’s opponents and to hear his view on the Golden Boy’s.
Thoughts on last season?
The less we speak of last season the better. After the highs of fifth place the previous year, last season Everton came crashing back down to earth. Silly mistakes abounded across the lineup, the lack of depth was cruelly exposed by injuries and additional fixtures due to the Europa League, and the World Cup hangover took its toll. We did not expect to finish outside the top half of the table, and the fans will be getting restless should the Blues start slow again this term.
Hopes for the season?
With no European football this year, the primary goal should be to get back into the European spots. Most of the top teams in the League have invested heavily, as have most of the teams below us, so it remains to be seen what exactly Roberto Martinez has up his sleeve. The silverware drought is going on twenty years now, so fans would be quite chuffed if we can actually come away with the League Cup or even the FA Cup, as unlikely as it may seem.
So many poor performances abounded across the pitch for the Toffees last season, that it'll take the entire team to be better for them to improve on the 11th place finish. As such, it'll be hard to pinpoint one key player for Everton, but I would go out on a limb and say that it'll have to be Romelu Lukaku. We desperately need the Belgian to be on top form all season long firing in the goals, because we sure as heck don't know where else they'll come from.
One Watford player you would like at Everton?
Striker Troy Deeney would be quite the catch wouldn't he, with his three consecutive 20+ goal seasons? He is very similar in style to Lukaku and we would love to complement our main striker with Deeney's abilities.
What do you think of this weekend's match? Score prediction?
Everton have historically done badly on opening days, at home and against newly-promoted opposition. The Blues will have their hands full on Saturday, and will concede first too. However the home side might just pull out a 2-1 win late in the game, but I wouldn't bet my mortgage on it.
Where do you think Watford will finish this season?
I think Watford have made enough quality purchases to stay ahead of the other two promoted clubs, and there are clubs like Aston Villa and Sunderland who look prime candidates for the drop, so I would say a 15th place finish on the cards for the Hornets. Good luck and enjoy the season!
Thanks for your answers Calvin and good luck for the rest of the season!
P.S - I’ve also conducted a reciprocal piece for Royal Blue Mersey, where I discuss Watford’s history as well as the Pozzo’s and Quique Sanchez Flores. Article can be found here - https://royalbluemersey.sbnation.com/2015/8/7/9116953/blogger-q-a-the-watford-blog-everton-premier-league